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20 September 2019

The World
Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has released a draft
document titled  Making Content Usable for People with
Cognitive and  Learning Disabilities –
Working Draft
to help provide guidance for cognitive disabilities not generally
addressed in other W3C work.

In a
formal announcement by the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Task Force (COGA
TF), it was stated that:

has been working on additional accessibility guidance beyond Web Content
Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), particularly for people with cognitive and
learning disabilities, people with low vision, and people using mobile devices.
This guidance will likely be available from a single main page and integrated
in the WAI website.”

the meantime, the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Task Force (COGA TF) has
been working on additional guidance in the Working Draft

Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities

welcome your comments on this document. For example,

  • Is the presentation and organization of information clear?
  • Is it easy to find specific information you are looking for?
    What if “you” are a web page designer, or an app developer?
  • How does this approach for providing the information work?

To comment this document, please open a new issue in the W3C COGA GitHub repository:”

One of
the main criticisms of the WCAG standard is that it lacks guidance for people
with cognitive disability, and the little that is presented tends to be
weighted towards the rarely implemented Level AAA compliance. As such it’s
great to see formalised work in this area evolving.

The Centre for Accessibility is a joint project by Media on Mars, DADAA and Dr Scott Hollier and is funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services.

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